These easy fruit and nut coconut clusters made from pantry staples are crisp, crunchy and perfect for snacking.
I always like to have a few healthy snacks on hand for an afternoon treat; something to grab when I’m feeling my energy dip or just feel like something sweet that doesn’t require any preparation. These days it’s my fruit and nut coconut clusters. They’re crisp, crunchy and just sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth without veering into desert territory.
If you’re one of those people that always go for all the big crunchy clumps in your granola first then these coconut clusters are for you.
What’s in coconut clusters?
A cross between trail mix and granola these coconut clusters combine the crunch of toasted coconut flakes, with the nutty goodness of almonds and cashews and the sweet/tart flavor of dried cranberries all in one delicious bite.
The clusters are gluten-free, paleo and vegan and call for only a few ingredients you may already have in your pantry. You’ll need coconut flakes, apple sauce, nut butter, maple syrup, almonds, cashews, and dried cranberries or cherries. Of course feel free to substitute whatever nuts and dried fruit you have on hand to customize the fruit and nut coconut clusters to your likes and to the content of your pantry.
How do you make coconut clusters?
Apple sauce, nut butter and maple syrup creates a sticky glue to help bind the coconut clusters together as they bake. Everything is stirred together by hand in a large bowl, which makes this a great recipe for little ones to help with. Create little stacks by spooning the mixture into mounds on the parchment or simply spread it all out evenly on the sheet pan to break into whatever sized chunks you’d like afterwards.
A long slow bake in a low oven ensures that the coconut and nuts don’t burn before drying out and crisping up. What you end up with are clusters that are toasty, crisp and irresistibly good. Eat them by themselves as a snack or try crumbling a few pieces as a topping for yogurt or ice cream.
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